Indian External Affairs Minister Parnab Mukharjee recently voiced his concern over the ‘very real threat’ of atomic weapons falling into the hands of terrorists, which is an obvious reference to Pakistan. It raised my apprehensions over the international conspiracy hatching against Pakistan. Mr Mukharjee reiterated that there was a very real threat of terrorist groups laying their hands on nuclear material and even fully assembled nuclear weapons. The threat of nuclear proliferation is, no doubt, a prime concern in recent years. The world media has been putting Pakistan in an awful position and a general perception is being created that Pakistan is the real hitch in undermining world peace and is probably involved in the proliferation of its strategic assets.
The world media has been putting Pakistan in an appalling position and a general perception is being created that Pakistan is the real hitch in undermining world peace and is probably involved in the proliferation of its strategic assets. What is exceptionally alarming is the recent report by Sibel Edmonds, a former Turkish language translator for the FBI, who listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based on the agency’s Washington field office. Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions. Though she has mentioned Pakistan as one of the black market buyers, yet what is needed to be contemplated upon by the international community and the US presidential hopefuls is that US sensitive military and nuclear institutions are lackadaisical in handling their secrets that makes the world so vulnerable. What disturbs me the most is the US government’s indifference with regard to their own strategic assets; instead they are planning to slowly and premeditatedly cast a net around Pakistan’s nuclear estate. This incidence of nuclear warheads in combat positions carried by an American bomber was a clear cut violation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Conscious efforts by Washington to confuse the public have been successful.
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